Growing food, kids, and community in Moab, UT since 1996!

Moab, UT   |
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EIN: 87-0568051


The Youth Garden Project cultivates healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and connecting people with food from seed to table.

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Executive Director

Emily Roberson

Main address

530 S 400 E

Moab, UT 84532 USA

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Subject area info

Child educational development

STEM education

Vocational secondary education

Out-of-school learning

Outdoor education

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Population served info





At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Garden Classroom Field Trips

Every Kindergarten through Sixth Grade class in Grand County School District and the Moab Charter School attends a 90 minute field trip at the Youth Garden Project's 1.5 acre garden. During the field trip, students engage in a curriculum based lesson through hands-on activities, experiments, and exploration. Each lesson is aligned with grade level core curriculum standards set by the State of Utah, and developed in collaboration with district educators.

Population(s) Served

9 weeks of learning, growing, playing, exploring, and having fun at YGP! Our Summer Day Camp is offered in one week sessions with a different theme each week. Each day is full of activities related to the week's theme, time in the garden, two healthy snacks, and time to play at the park or in the creek during the hot summer afternoons.

YGP's summer day camp is educational, fun, safe, engaging and a great place for kids to spend their summer break from school. While at camp, kids build positive relationships with their peers and adults, they let their creativity shine, and they create wonderful summer memories!

Tuition assistance is offered to any qualifying family so no family is turned away due to an inability to pay registration fees.

Population(s) Served

The weed n' feed program at YGP gives an opportunity to community members to volunteer doing light garden work for 1 1/2 hours and then volunteers and YGP staff enjoy a garden-prepared meal together.

Population(s) Served

30 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are sold at the beginning of each season to community members. Each share member picks up one basket of produce biweekly during the growing season.

Population(s) Served

Seed Crew is YGP's summer youth development and employment program for youth ages 14-18. Over nine weeks of summer vacation, we bring on two or more Moab youth to work together and gain sustainable agriculture knowledge & skills, while also developing leadership & civic engagement. They spend their days working hands-on in the garden, assisting with summer camp activities, and participating in workshops that address a variety of issues including experiential education, food access, social justice, life skills, and more!

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Where we work


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17.10 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of YOUTH GARDEN PROJECT’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $218 -$14,099 $27,310 $92,307 $57,229
As % of expenses 0.1% -5.8% 10.8% 40.0% 20.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$9,031 -$23,073 $18,549 $83,670 $48,970
As % of expenses -3.8% -9.2% 7.1% 34.9% 17.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $228,666 $228,702 $280,458 $323,076 $325,990
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.0% 0.0% 22.6% 15.2% 0.9%
Program services revenue 19.3% 18.6% 19.0% 15.8% 13.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 0.5%
Government grants 14.0% 7.6% 4.3% 3.6% 11.3%
All other grants and contributions 66.7% 73.8% 76.6% 80.3% 75.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $228,448 $242,200 $253,148 $230,769 $278,723
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.0% 6.0% 4.5% -8.8% 20.8%
Personnel 72.3% 70.1% 60.8% 63.4% 71.5%
Professional fees 24.9% 26.9% 36.9% 32.2% 24.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 2.8% 3.0% 2.3% 4.4% 3.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $237,697 $251,174 $261,909 $239,406 $286,982
One month of savings $19,037 $20,183 $21,096 $19,231 $23,227
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $256,734 $271,357 $283,005 $258,637 $310,209

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 4.1 2.9 4.1 9.3 9.8
Months of cash and investments 4.1 2.9 4.1 9.3 9.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.3 2.4 3.6 8.7 9.6
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $77,745 $59,221 $87,172 $178,977 $228,273
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $186,173 $186,289 $186,289 $186,289 $188,373
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 64.5% 69.3% 74.0% 78.6% 82.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.0% 2.7% 3.5% 2.0% 3.4%
Unrestricted net assets $128,089 $105,016 $124,168 $207,838 $256,808
Temporarily restricted net assets $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $0
Total net assets $138,089 $115,016 $134,168 $217,838 $256,808

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Emily Roberson

Emily has been Executive Director of YGP since Fall 2021, after having first spent a season as a garden intern and then two years in the Outreach & Development Coordinator role. Emily sees the garden as an invaluable asset to the Moab community. She’s excited to continue developing YGP as a place where people of all ages can learn new skills and foster meaningful relationships to their local environment, the food system, and with each other.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/01/2023
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Board chair

Desiree Westfall

Moab Regional Hospital

Term: 2021 -

Tim Graham

Joshua Cameron

Bruce Keeler

Anne Clare Erickson

Nan Marquardt

Jennifer Sadoff

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/17/2022

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